Rome - Alitalia’s summer season has started off with some positives. In May, marking the end of the company’s first year of extraordinary administration, passengers increased, revenues from passenger traffic achieved +7.6%, and the month of June is set to achieve the same result again. This was announced by extraordinary commissioner Luigi Gubitosi, who today, together with the other commissioner Stefano Paleari and the top management of ADR and ENAC, inaugurated the company’s new departure lounge at Fiumicino. In May, the company transported 1,908,311 passengers, up 4% from May 2017, the first month of extraordinary administration. The increase was due to growth in long-haul flights in particular, which, with 230,450 passengers carried, achieved a 7.3% increase. Finally, revenues from the cargo sector also increased, increasing by 9.1% in May compared to the same month of the previous year. “Reservations for the summer are looking good. We believe that long range will continue to do well for us. Domestic is also doing well,” said Gubitosi, who nevertheless remains cautious (”Alitalia has travelled a long and difficult road. The numbers are good but one mustn’t be too enthusiastic”) and warns that “we are at the limit of our capacity” and with further growth there will be a “need for new aircraft”. Meanwhile, this week will be an important one, the Commissioner announced: authorization to reopen the flight school is expected and new uniforms will be unveiled on Friday the 15th in Milan, intended to be a “tribute to the staff”. The new Casa Alitalia lounge, which opened its doors today, is located at Boarding Area E of Rome’s airport and occupies over 1,000sqm with 258 seats, replacing the lounge that was previously available for travellers on international flights, which was located at the former Boarding Area H.